Smilow Interventional Oncology Program

Winter 2016


After careful planning, the Interventional Oncology Program began seeing patients in Smilow Cancer Hospital. Led by Dr. Kevin Kim, Chief of Interventional Radiology, the program complements medical, surgical, and radiation oncology to provide optimal patient care. 

Interventional Oncology provides a range of therapeutic options used for palliative care including biopsy, vascular port, and chemotherapy catheter placement, abscess drainage, stenting of malignant strictures, and various therapies for pain relief.

Minimally invasive Interventional Oncology treatments include:

Chemoembolization: Selective delivery of chemotherapy directly to the tumor through a catheter located in the artery feeding the tumor.

Radioembolization: Selective delivery of radioactive particles directly to the tumor through a catheter located in the artery feeding the tumor.

Radiofrequency Ablation: A procedure that uses radio waves to heat and destroy cancerous cells performed through a needle inserted through the patient's skin.

Cryoablation: A procedure in which an extremely cold temperature via a cryoprobe inserted through the patient's skin is used to freeze and destroy cancer tissue.

Microwave Ablation: A procedure that uses microwaves to heat and destroy cancerous cells.

Pain Palliation Treatment: Therapeutic options consisting of ablation, chemoembolization or radioembolization designed specifically to relieve pain caused by primary or metastatic tumors.

Interventional Oncology Program Contact:

(203) 200-4747